What we’re about
This group is operated by Duval Audubon Society Inc. 1/19/2023.
Duval Audubon Society was founded in 1939 and is one of 44 chapters of Florida Audubon and a member of National Audubon. We currently have about 1,250 members in Clay, Duval, and Nassau Counties and are a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization.
You do not need to be a member of Audubon to participate in any of our activities. However, if you are not already an Audubon member, you can join our chapter for an initial donation of $20 to support our activities and projects, and receive the Audubon Magazine. If you wish to become a member of our chapter (and Audubon), please visit our membership page.
Our Mission: connecting people with nature, conserving and restoring natural ecosystems, focusing on birds and other wildlife. We have a primary focus on the preservation of a diversity of species and habitats through education, conservation, environmental leadership, and community involvement.
Upcoming events (4+)See all
- Kingsley Plantation Bird WalkKingsley Plantation, Jacksonville, FL
**Walk starts at 10 am.
Kingsley Plantation is the site of a former estate owned by Zephaniah Kingsley, who spent 25 years there. It is now part of the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve managed by the U.S. National Park Service.
Resident birds include Pileated Woodpecker, Brown Pelican, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron, Tricolored Heron, Clapper Rail, Yellow-throated Warbler, Black-crowned Night-Heron, vultures, Osprey, Eastern Screech Owl, Great Horned Owl, Barred Owl and many more.
Location: 11676 Palmetto Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32226. No fee.
From I-95 or I-295 East Beltway, exit at Heckscher Drive and go east. After passing the St. Johns River Ferry landing on your right, turn left 1/2 mile later at the brown National Park Service sign onto Fort George Island. Follow the signs; the road leads to the Kingsley Plantation parking lot. You will travel down a 2-mile dirt road. No fee. Restrooms are available at this site.
- Fall Migration Field Trip: Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park (5$ per vehicle)Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park, Jacksonville, FL
Meet at picnic parking area at 8:00am when the park opens, It’s the first right immediately after the Ranger Station, continue down dirt road and you will end at our meeting area. Make sure you bring sunscreen, hat, water, good shoes, a scope, and of course your binoculars. After we get signed in, it’s bird time!
This park is a must for any birder during any season, it has 1.5 miles of coastal beaches where we can do a sea watch and look for shore birds. The 447 acres of maritime hammock are a great place for migrant and wintering songbirds. A small lake in the middle of the park provides a rookery for wading birds.
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or (day of event) text Jessica Dyszel 904-708-1869.
- Field Trip: Jekyll Island Banding StationJekyll Island Banding Station, Jekyll Island, GA
Co-leader: Jessica Dyszel 904-708-1869
Co-leader: Kate Zeray 904-415-4509
NOTE: If you are not sure or your schedule changes and you can no longer attend event, please remove your RSVP due to limited space on this field trip.
The Jekyll Island Banding Station is a non profit all-volunteer bird banding station operating on the south end of Jekyll Island since 1978. Dedicated licensed banders and bird enthusiasts band Neotropical passerines during fall migration for scientific study and education. Visitors will have excellent photo opportunities and will be able to see their mist netting operations.
We will meet at the corner of Macy Lane and St. Andrews Drive on the south end of the island at 7:00 am. If you come south from the roundabout near the entrance to the island, Macy Lane will be on your left just before St. Andrews Picnic Area. There is enough space for several cars to park by the woods along Macy Lane. There is a path through the trees and across a boardwalk, and there will be metal signs marking the pathway from the start to the banding station. Bring bug spray, water, your camera, and a head lamp if you have one. A lot of raptors and other birds migrate through, so we can bird and band at the same time!
For those who want to carpool, meet at 6 am at the Shell gas station at exit 380 off of I-95 at US-17. Contact leader Jessica Dyszel 904-708-1869 in advance if you are interested in carpooling.
Location - 1 Macy Ln, Jekyll Island, GA 31527
Meet at the corner of Macy Lane and St. Andrews Drive on the south end of the island at 7:00 am. No fee.
NOTE: there are no restrooms available at this site.
- Program: Will McLean Greeley- “A Connecticut Yankee Goes to Washington..."Link visible for attendees
***Please note: You must register for this program via this Zoom link ***
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Whether Senator George P. McLean is a familiar name or not, you will want to hear his historical narrative from author Will McLean Greeley. Join us via Zoom to learn more about the life and times of this hero.
Hear Greeley's captivating story of his great-great uncle's journey from Connecticut farm boy to US Senator to his crowning achievement of overseeing the passage of one of our country’s first and most important wildlife conservation laws. Senator McLean was the driving force behind the 1918 Migratory Bird Treaty Act, responsible for ending the needless, wholesale killing of birds at a critical time.
Greeley's book, A Connecticut Yankee Goes to Washington, has been endorsed by ten ornithologists and historians, including David Allen Sibley, birding authority, and Dr. Donald Ritchie, Historian Emeritus for the US Senate.
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